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Dr Nour S. Erekat


Jordan University of Science and Technology

Nour S. Erekat earned her PhD in Anatomy from the Center for Anatomical Sciences and Education at the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine at Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, USA, in 2010. She was first enrolled in the Master’s program at the same university in August 2005, but based on her academic performance she was transitioned to the PhD program one year later in August 2006. Her PhD dissertation was entitled 'Mechanisms Underlying Cerebellar Purkinje Cell Death in the Shaker Mutant Rat', and consisted of three parts. The first part was about studying the occurrence of apoptosis as a mode of cell death undertaken by cerebellar Purkinje neurons in the shaker mutant rat as a potential animal model of cerebellar ataxia. The second part revealed the appearance of morphological features of autophagy prior to those of apoptosis ultrastructurally in the cerebellar Purkinje neurons consequent to the shaker mutation. Finally, the third part examined impact of inferior olive chemoablation and olivocerebellar deafferentation in addition to the shaker mutation on the apoptotic cell death of cerebellar Purkinje neurons.

She was first assigned as an Assistant Professor in 2010, and then promoted to Associate Professor in 2015, at the Department of Anatomy at the School of Medicine at Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan. Her research is focused on neuronal cell death, particularly apoptosis, taking place in various neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, ataxia and essential tremor. She has published many research papers in high impact journals, and has also published one book chapter. She has been a member of various professional societies including the Society for Neuroscience, the American Association of Anatomists, and the International Association of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders.